It’s been some time since a guy batting less than some American league pitchers the last two seasons may hold the key to the AL East division. This could be the year this happens. That guy is Richie Sexson.
Last week, the last-place Seattle Mariners sent Sexson packing after almost two pathetic seasons. Last year, Sexson hit 21 homers and drove in 63 runs, but he hit a measly .205. This year hasn’t been much better (11, 30, .222) and the Mariners decided to cut ties with him.
Once Richie Sexson clears waivers, there will be a number of teams that could use a right-handed batter. Three of these teams are the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.
The Rays have been slumping and could use some pop to ignite their offense. Sexson could take advantage of the Trop and get his swing back.
The Sox have been missing their All-Star DH, but with Ortiz coming back (reportedly July 25th against the Yankees), they may give Ortiz more time to heal. It would be a smart move because Sexson could easily make a career out of hitting the ball out of the Green Monster. However, consistent playing time could be an issue.
The Yankees could easily fit Sexson into their team. He could play first base against lefties, which moves Betemit back to his main job as utility infielder. Sexson would get some decent number of at bats and could fall into the list of right-handed batters who were able to go the other way and over the short porch in right. One of the best reasons for the Yanks to go and get Sexson would be to keep him away from the Red Sox and Rays as they attempt to win the division.
No matter who gets him, it will be at the league minimum and wouldn't cost a team any major prospects. The team that gets him could be on the way to a championship.